Joel Abernethy Advantage Recipients, 2016

Liam is a young violinist who is now in year seven. He was a keen music participant in all parts of the ACMF music program at his primary school, and is continuing his violin lessons in secondary school. He was nominated by his primary music teacher, ACMF Education Manager, Rachel Scott, and will have a term’s lessons with violin tutor Stephanie Livera.

Liam writes… “At the moment I’ve been learning keyboard in school with Ms Gregov. I like it a lot but my violin is better. I just would like to say thank you for helping me to keep playing my violin. It is fun especially when I like the pieces like ‘Marcia’ and ‘Spring’. But I have to practice every day so my fingers remember where to go and get stronger…”

Liam’s mum, Lisa, adds… “For me, watching your child grow up brings great joy and sometimes sadness. Knowing that he will have a great friend in music to lean on when he needs it brings comfort. So, thank you, to the ACMF, the Abernethy family and Rachel for making it possible.”


Mahina and Umukoula are two Tongan sisters in years five and six who love to sing. They are part of a big family with seven siblings. Both girls inherited their beautiful singing voices from their mum. The whole family sings at their church every weekend. The family live in Waterloo and dad has just got a new job as a security guard.Money is very tight for the family but they do not let this hinder their love of singing.

The sisters were nominated by their Assistant Principal, and will receive a number of singing lessons from ACMF ambassador and music theatre superstar Rachael Beck.


‘My name is Tahlia. I’m 14 years old, and I am in Year 9. Ever since I was young, I have had a passion for music. My experience with music began in primary school, where I was a part of the choir and the guitar group. I began to play the guitar at age 8. In year 6 I wrote my own song with guitar chords and was also given the opportunity to record backing vocals for both Delta Goodrem’s acoustic album and one of Peter Northcote’s songs ‘Patty’. Today, I am currently doing guitar lessons once a week. I have chosen the subject music as my 100 hour elective in year 10, and I plan on doing music for my HSC.’

Tahlia has been awarded song-writing lessons and mentoring with ACMF Ambassador Peter Northcote. She’ll also have the chance to record some of her original songs in his studio, and will be provided with a new guitar.

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